Yosemite (pronounced Yo-Sem-It-Ee btw) is a huge and awe-inspiring National Park in America. I had first heard of it properly when I did a course on the history of photography at uni and saw some of Ansel Adams’ photos of Yosemite. Adams was a photographer and naturalist and a key player in creating the National Parks system in the US. I wrote a blog post on my other blog about him to coincide with my visit to Yosemite.
Above is Tunnel View, pretty much your first ‘sight’ when arriving into Yosemite (after about 1 hr of incredibly slow driving on very twisty roads). It is an extraordinary view. Quite a few people stop here and there is a little car park which is where I took this photo, you can Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome. I imagine it gets quite busy in season but it was still a little chilly when we arrived. (There was deep snow on the ground as we entered Yosemite, but the day turned out to be really sunny and warm).
Predictably, we started our exploration of Yosemite by seeking the nearest food station in Yosemite Village. The food on offer here is pretty poor, along the lines of burgers and chips. I went for a grilled cheese and some veg sticks (the kids option!) because I thought it was the healthiest and I felt hungry all day. We also wandered into the shop and Ansel Adams gallery (basically a shop) before setting off on a walk to the waterfalls. It was April when we were here and the waterfalls are at their strongest (they dry up completely in the summer and freeze in winter).
By this point it was very hot and the cooling water from the falls was very welcome, as was the surrounding rocks behind which I changed from my jeans to my shorts (which I had changed in and out of in the car at least twice much to boyfriend’s embarrassment) . This was the day when I had my only migraine on the holiday- something of a minor miracle that it was the only one- so I wasn’t really up for a big hike so we took another short walk to Mirror Lake which turned out to be really beautiful.
We only had once day at Yosemite and it took so long to get there that it was really just the afternoon. I would love to go back and explore it more.